Logan is a design consultant at Emma, helping to coordinate customer design requests and manage the overall in-house process behind them. Also, one of Logan's cats has extra toes and, as a result of a naming process that clearly took months of planning, research and debate, is called Mr. Toes. (The extra digits are used mainly for mischief-causing and extra cuteness, the latter of which allows Mr. Toes much more latitude regarding the former.) In addition to Logan's work at Emma and with polydactyls, he is also a life coach and a volunteer mediator with the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, where he applies his Zen-like calm, Beck-like locks, Bob Ross-like voice (go with the visual, people) and in-depth knowledge of Battlestar Galactica to help others find peace — real peace, not like that fake sham of a peace the Cylons offered to the humans of the Twelve Colonies with help from that traitor Baltar. It breaks the Zen-like state even thinking about it, doesn't it?
Kevin has met MacGyver! He is also our senior brand designer whose freelance work has been featured in several books on logo design. But back to the MacGyver thing. What do you do when you meet Richard Dean Anderson, star of the hit 80's action show? Just stare at his magnificent hair? In his spare time, Kevin obsessively plays disc golf and also slaps the bass, although not as obsessively. No really, when you shake MacGyver's hand, do you slip him a paper clip just to see what he'll do with it? Kevin holds a degree in Design Communications from Belmont University, and what do you want to bet MacGyver would combine that paper clip with pocket lint to create a stunning table centerpiece? Let's ask Kevin.
Lee is on our brand creative team and works a lot with motion graphics, illustrations and the like. He is also an Instagram fanatic whose favorite subjects include things like the sky, and the floor, and lighting, which sort of makes it sound like more of a camera-aiming problem than anything. There really is interesting stuff straight ahead, Lee. When he isn't designing or creating at Emma, Lee is often DJ'ing for his colleagues, being very much into music as a player, fan, critic and collector with nearly 5,000 records and CDs at home and a robust mixtapes site he maintains. Lee also rescued a Chihuahua puppy he named Nacho, so if you notice a squirmy little duffle bag making its way through the office, that's probably just Nacho. We really, really, really hope that's Nacho. Could someone maybe open the bag either really low or really high so we can take a picture and be sure? Thanks.
Lauren is a graphic designer at Emma, and the bad news is that she has a 12-pack-a-day habit. The good news is that it's a gum habit! The other good news is that they're not 12 packs of Big League Chew. And the even better news is that it's not grape-flavored Big League Chew, which, to be quite honest, is just gross. In addition to her gum connoisseurness, Lauren is also known for her hair ornamentation and comic timing. Those things typically go hand in hand, right? Lauren hails from Austin and attended the high school on which the movie Friday Night Lights is based. (Her dad was even an extra in the TV series.) She holds a degree from Belmont University and promises to cut back to 10 packs a day at some point. We're pretty much out of good news on the gum-chewing front.
Emily spearheads Emma's communication efforts, making sure customers and staffers are in the loop about, well, everything. Emily studied Latin and Greek literature at Agnes Scott College (show-off) but now has to settle for reading books in plain old English as a member of a local book club (still a bit show-offy). Speaking of literature, she is an Anne of Green Gables fan, having watched the film version of AOGG whenever she had the flu as a child. By the time Emily had recovered from the illness, Anne would invariably be all grown up, having transcended her humble beginnings. It's the Cliffs Notes version of the story, but you get the idea. Emily is also a fan of Ben Folds and all things Beatles, even, dare we say it, Yoko. Turns out that by the time Emily had recovered from the illness, Yoko would have transcended her humble beginnings to break up the greatest band of all time. It's a much sadder story than AOGG.
Kelly McClain is a designer at Emma. A graduate of Western Kentucky University (known in these parts as WKU for hopefully obvious reasons), Kelly has studied print and interactive advertising and picked up an invaluable tip during one of her drawing classes: that even if you erase part of something you’ve sketched, the image will still be there, both on the paper itself and as a step in the process that eventually led to the final result. Look it, we’re not just all fun and games on the People Page — sometimes we actually learn something. Like in the movie, “What About Bob?”, which is chock full of life lessons and just so happens to be one of Kelly’s favorite films, if you’ll pardon us for using the words film, what, about and Bob in the same sentence. Richard Dreyfus really does the I’m-really-worked-up thing well, doesn’t he. Kelly also enjoys cats, sewing, the guitar (she’s taking lessons), the environment, the color red, and tuna. Everything else, Kelly is completely and utterly against.
Cody is on our brand team, working in both still and motion design for Emma's brand. He has a contagious laugh (seriously, keep your distance if you have a lot planned this week and can't afford to come down with laughter right now), and he's funny enough to have inspired someone else to create a Twitter channel entirely devoted to the funny things he says. He also has a lot of nicknames. A lot. Here are a few: Code, Codeman, Coder, Codes, Corey, Curdy, Cody-quai, Code-Master-Flex, Cousin Coltrane and Puddin' Cup. That last one just might be in reference to Code-Master-Flex's love of banana pudding — a love so strong the Codeman's friends once blindfolded him and drove him to the National Banana Pudding Festival, which actually exists. Many Puddin' Cup tweets were tweeted that day, we're sure of it.
Suzanne is a senior member of our brand and creative team, helping bring Emma's style and voice to pretty much everything we do, with the notable exception of the way we unload the dishwasher, the doing of which does not necessarily require having style so much as having, you know, arms. As an undergrad at Baylor University, Suzanne was a member of Phi Beta Kappa (some kind of pot-luck supper club, we're told) and worked as an editor of student papers for a teacher who was once kidnapped by gypsies. It's a long story. Today, Suzanne is known for her strong dislike of coats, her affinity for the color green and a rather involved incident that occurred when someone showed up to the office wearing a jacket in a lovely shade of jade. It's also a long story.
John Peregoy is just your typical German-born electronica music fan who taught English in China. And so, as you might expect, he enjoys cooking peasant French cuisine and watching the granddaddy of all reality shows, COPS. He's also one of our production designers, bringing our customers' design dreams to life in HTML. But not literally, because the last thing we want is a bunch of rogue span classes and div tags terrorizing our cities and taking over our government. Although, come to think of it, that would make for a pretty sweet episode of COPS, which we could all watch with John while he whips up a nice salad niçoise, perhaps? Okay, then! Saturday night, 8 p.m., John's house. You're all invited.